Jimmy Wynn, one of the Houston Astros’ (1963-1973) first stars (and they were called the Colt .45s in 1963-1964), and who later played for Los Angeles Dodgers (1974-1975), Atlanta Braves (1976), New York Yankees (1977) and Milwaukee Brewers (1977), has died at the age of 78.
Wynn was a 3x All-Star who got MVP consideration 3x, finishing 5th in the voting in 1974, when the Dodgers won the pennant (teammate Steve Garvey was the MVP).
Small but powerful, he led the majors in walks twice.
He hit 30 or more HR in a season 3x, twice with the Astros, despite playing in the Astrodome—a pitcher’s ballpark. He drove in 100 or more runs twice.
Besides power, Wynn also had speed, stealing 43 bases in 1965.
Wynn was mostly a CF, and on baseball-reference.com, JAWS has him ranked as the 17th best CF of all-time.
He hit .250 hit 291 HR and 225 SB. His 162 g. average was .250-25-81 with 19 SB.
He only played in 30 games for the Yankees in 1977. Despite a HR on Opening Day, he went just 11 for 77 (.143) and was released in July so he had no big part in the Yanks’ WS title that year.
In his only postseason with the 1974 Dodgers, he was 2 for 10 (both doubles) and had 2 RBI in the NLCS vs. the Pirates, and was 3 for 16 with a double, a HR and 2 RBI in the WS against the A’s.